About London Paddington Station
London Paddington station, colloquially known a just Paddington, is a central London railway Terminus and Underground station located in Zone 1 of the city. Famous not only as the namesake of beloved children's character, Paddington Bear, London Paddington Station was built originally by one of Britain's greatest architects, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The station has a total of 14 platforms and has been open since 1938. The underground station here has been operating since 1863, and is considered the oldest underground station in the world.
London Paddington Station Infrastructure
London Paddington serves 34 million passengers annually mainly on a commuter and regional bases, with the service is operated by First Great Western. The station also provides long distance inter-city services to South West England and South Wales, with main destinations served including Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford, Penzance, Plymouth and Reading - which is the most traveled to destination from Paddington. London Paddington is also one of the main points of departure for the Heathrow Express which leaves 4 times an hour and takes only 15 minuets to terminals 1 - 3 and an additional 4 and 6 minuets, respectively, to terminals 4 and 5.
How to Get to London Paddington Station
London Paddington Station is part of the London Underground network, therefore for travellers already in London and its peripheries can access the station via its tube lines - Circle, District, Bakerloo and Hammersmith & City - and suburban rail system, which makes getting to station very simple. London Paddington is very centrally located in the city of Westminster, just north of Hyde Park, and is in close proximity to many of the main tourist attractions which is not traditionally the easiest area to access by car. However, Paddington Station does have a car park and a pick up point free of charge.
London Paddington Station Services
There are many facilities available at the station that include the expected such as self-service ticket machines, toilets, and baby changing services costing a mere 30p, as well as more unlikely options such as showers, costing £5. Paddington also offers public telephones, photo booths and wide range of places to purchase confectionery and food, with over 40 shops in the entire complex. Public WiFi is also available on a pay as you go bases.